I had just told the Captain and Quartermaster about the table full of possible crew members when a powerful ugly serving wench brought me a free beer. I didn’t even ask for it, but she brought it over. That’s the first time anyone has bought be a beer before. I kind of liked it, except for the cheek pinching part. Anyway, me and Derry and Matthias head over to the table of 6 and they were a funny bunch. One was really rude and looked like he wanted a fight. The guy in charge was ok actually and seemed like he is kind of smart. Then there was this younger guy, maybe 5 or 6 years older than me. He really likes knives, but he did dumb things and got backhanded twice while we were there. Then there was this real old woman and then this even more powerful ugly woman. She looked like she could hammer in nails with her face and only look more appealing after the job was done. Finally they had their own “Pedro”. He was big and dumb and even has a dent in the side of his head. He’s not as big as Pedro and might even be dumber, but I’m not sure. He was too busy trying to eat his own boogers…ewwwww!
Derry immediately pisses the group off and I was worried that he was gonna have to kill 6 more people. Then Matthias kind of stepped in to ask some medical questions and I think he was trying to calm everyone down, but it didn’t really distract them from Derry. The Captain and Mac could tell things looked like trouble when they saw the whole table stand up when Derry made them mad. Mac got a funny look on his face and the Captain sent over a bottle of rum. Oh, and I offered up my beer and the ugly woman took it and drank it. The rum definitely helped…I think.
Anyway, Derry lets them know that he made them mad on purpose because he wanted to make sure we were getting the right sort of people. He wanted people that would stand up for each other. He manages to talk them down and then lets them know that we are looking for a few more crew members for the Chain Breaker. They all liked the name because they were ex-slaves as well. At least a few of them were.
After making sure to point out the Captain, the three of us leave the table and Derry and Matthias walked outside. I went with them, but wasn’t sure why we were leaving. Derry said that they were going to get some clothes for him, for the meeting tonight with Guthrie. I figured there was no reason for that, so I went back to the table.
A little while later the smart one from the other crew came up to talk to the Captain. He said that they had put in their time with their current Captain, I think Captain Low. Oh, and that if we had a good prize then they would be very interested in joining our crew. Then Wolverston came up and said that Captain Low has a fearsome reputation. Wolverston seemed kind of scared and then had to go drink even more than normal…which is a lot.
We all sat there drinking and talking for a couple more hours until it was time for our meeting. We all got brought up to meet with Guthrie, but there was only 2 free chairs at the table. Guthrie and Mills were on the other side. So the Captain goes and sits and for some reason Mac sits down next to him. The Captain has to tell him that the Quartermaster needs to use that chair. At least he got up without a fuss. I went and stood behind the Captain and the Quartermaster to help them if they needed anything while the rest of the crew got to sit in chairs along the wall.
For a moment, Wolverston was heading to the wall because there were no seats left for him, but Guthrie had Mills get up and offer his seat to Wolverston. I had been getting the impression that Wolverston wasn’t really that important after all, but if Guthrie has her main helper get up for Wolverston to sit, maybe I have been wrong. I’ll have to look into this more later.
It was really awkward where nobody was eating anything, except for Wolverston. I tried to interrupt him, just in case it was bad for him to eat before Guthrie, but he was too hungry and he ate every bit of meat off of that drumstick chicken bone in one bite. I’ve never seen anything quite like it before. Turns out that it was ok though and Wolverston slurping away on the chicken bone brought Guthrie out of her head. She did seem kind of distracted. That said, everyone else at the table dug in to their food.
Once the eating started, Guthrie explained that her brother had gone missing. He was a religious sort that found God and while she thought he was kind of silly to believe in all that, she still loved her brother. I guess every now and then he would come through Nassau and bring copies of the Bible that most people just used for kindling. Guthrie explained that she received a letter with just some pine needles and that he had been planning on going to the Isle of Pine. That’s why she thinks it is from him. She also thinks that he must be in some kind of trouble to send something so cryptic.
She wants us to go and find him. If we can find him and bring back word, she will pay us real good. She is also going to outfit us with powder and shot as well as rations. She is also going to provide us with some basic lumber and tar for repairs in case the ship her brother was on isn’t seaworthy. We agreed to do the job and then she left. We all finished up eating and then left as well. Oh, except for Mac and Matthias. Mac was saying stuff that would have gotten us in trouble so Matthias took him outside. I think the term Derry used was that Mac needs to “stop stepping on his dick”.
We were on our way back to the ship with a detour to the fuck tent, when I noticed that there were some people following us. I told Derry to be on the lookout. Right after that, two daggers came flying out of the darkness and bounced off of his chest. One even put a little cut in him, but it didn’t stop him. Then 4 guys ran out of the darkness to attack us. I managed to slide between the legs of one of the guys and hit him in his dangly bits just enough to slow him down so Matthias could stab him with his rapier. Anyway, then I noticed that a bunch of other guys had come out of the darkness from a different direction.
I would say it was scary, but with Derry, I knew we were gonna win. We beat them up pretty good. Two ran away and we grabbed their pouches and some rings. Then we ran off just in case the town watch were to show up. We didn’t want to get in trouble even though we weren’t the ones that started the fight.
We got back to the beach and our fuck tent. It turns out that Dun’know had gotten a good deal, but it was for 5 days and those whores turned out to be real expensive. We still owed 280 pounds on them. Since the ship can’t afford it, Derry went around collecting from people that were gonna partake of the fuckin’ in the fuck tent. Turns out that with the Spaniards and some of the guys, along with the pouches and the rings, we had just enough to pay the bill.
The next day Mills showed up to talk about how long it would take to provision us and when we should get going. Derry tried to tell him 5 days, so we could get all the fuckin’ we could for what we paid. But Mills said that Guthrie wouldn’t like that much time before we set sail. I think Derry is gonna go talk to the pimp about reducing our contracted time and rate. I don’t know if that is going to go well, but I guess we are going to find out.